N Korea’s Kim calls for nuclear build-up
KIM Jong-un labelled North Korea’s latest missile tests “perfect”, state media said yesterday, as he called for the isolated state to build up its nuclear arsenal.
Hours before the UN Security Council was set to meet to discuss Pyongyang’s latest military provocation, the country’s supreme leader hailed the September 5 firing of three mid-range weapons.
Mr Kim supervised a drill by artillery units “tasked to strike the bases of the US imperialist aggressor forces in the Pacific operational theatre in a contingency”, Pyongyang’s KCNA news agency said.
“The units’ capability for fighting a real battle and the combat performance of the rockets were appreciated as perfect,” it said.
“He stressed the need to continue making miraculous achievements in bolstering up the nuclear force one after another in this historic year,” it added.
South Korea’s Defence Ministry said the tests were of Rodong missiles with a range of 1000 kilometres (620 miles). It said they had been fired over the Sea of Japan (East Sea) without warning.
The Rodong is a scaled-up Scud variant with a maximum range of around 1300km, bringing most of Japan within range.
In spite of tough global sanctions, Pyongyang continues to defy the international community’s calls for a halt to its weapons program.
The 15-member UN Security Council met in New York yesterday to consider a response to the latest in a series of tests, which has also included the detonation of a nuclear bomb in January. –